Nov. 14, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - After a season-opening victory at San Jose State last weekend, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team takes to the air for a Midwest road trip that will see the Titans play three games in the next five days. Fullerton opens the roadtrip in Ames, Iowa, on Wednesday evening (Nov. 15) at Iowa State and a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. The Titans then head to Lincoln, Neb., for a 5:05 p.m. tip at Nebraska on Friday (Nov. 17) and close out the trip with a Sunday afternoon (Nov. 19) battle at Drake at 12:05 p.m.
FOLLOW THE TITANS LIVE THIS WEEK
Fans can follow the Titans during their Midwest roadtrip as livestats will be available from all three sites this week: Iowa State (www.cyclones.com), Nebraska (www.huskers.com), and Drake (www.drakebulldogs.org).
DR. JEREMIAH BECOMES ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH
With Cal State Fullerton's victory over San Jose State on Nov. 11, Head Coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah became the all-time winningest coach in the history of Titans' women's basketball, notching her 141st coaching win in 10-plus seasons at the helm of the Fullerton program. Dr. Jeremiah surpassed Hall of Fame head coach Billie Moore, who had amassed 140 wins as head coach of the Titans from 1969-77, for the top spot.
Wednesday's meeting with the Cyclones will be the first between the two teams in women's basketball... The Cornhuskers lead the all-time series with the Titans, 4-2, having won the last three straight... The all-time series between Cal State Fullerton and Drake is tied at 1-1, but the two schools have not met since the 1978-79 season... The Titans downed the Bulldogs, 72-63, at a neutral site on Jan. 3, 1978, with Drake pulling off the win, 84-70, in Fullerton on Jan. 2, 1979.
A QUICK LOOK AT IOWA STATE
Wednesday's match-up with the Titans will be the season-opener for the Cyclones... Iowa State earned exhibition wins over St. Cloud State (72-50) on Nov. 5 and Upper Iowa (68-42) on Nov. 12... ISU was 18-13 in 2005-06 and 7-9 in the Big 12 to finish tied for eighth... The Cyclones return three of their top four scorers from last season in senior guard Lyndsey Medders (16.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg), sophomore guard Heather Ezell (10.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg), and senior guard/forward Megan Ronhovde (9.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg).
A QUICK LOOK AT NEBRASKA
Nebraska is 1-1 overall to start the season after opening with a loss to No. 13 Arizona State (87-60) and a win over Florida Atlantic (93-53) at the Veterans Day Classic in Tempe, Ariz... the Huskers will face No. 18 New Mexico on Monday (Nov. 12) before hosting Cal State Fullerton... Kelsey Griffin leads the team in scoring at 15.0 ppg in the early going while Cory Montgomery (11.0 ppg) and Nikki Bober (10.0 ppg) are also in double figures.
A QUICK LOOK AT DRAKE
The Bulldogs are 1-0 to start the season after opening with a 79-45 win over Western Illinois on Sunday (Nov. 12)... Drake had four starters in double figures in that game led by Jill Martin's 23 points and 10 rebounds... Lindsay Whorton (15 points), Brandy Dahir (14), and Jordann Plummer (13) were also in double digits... The Bulldogs finished 17-12 overall and 13-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference for second place last season.
The Titans snapped a three-game losing streak in season openers dating back to 2002 thanks to their victory over San Jose State on Saturday. The win also snapped a five-game losing streak when opening the season on the road dating back to the 1996 season. Fullerton is 23-15 all-time in season openers dating back to 1969-70.
IS THIS HEAVEN?
No, it's Iowa. Cal State Fullerton's 17 Californians may be asking the same question this week as the Titans make their first-ever trip to the state of Iowa to take on Iowa State for the first time and Drake for the first-time on the Bulldogs' home court.
THOMAS JUST KEEPS ON SCORING
Sophomore Toni Thomas continues to be a force inside for the Titans as her 24-point, 11-rebound performance against San Jose State continued a couple of streaks dating back to her stellar freshman year. Thomas has scored in double figures in each of her last seven games (18.4 ppg), notched her fifth double-double in that same stretch (and the eighth of her career), and scored 20 points or more for the fifth time in her career.
Ariel Adams ALSO OFF TO A GOOD START
Senior Ariel Adams has gotten her final collegiate season off to a fine start as she had her best outing in a Titan uniform on Saturday afternoon at San Jose State. Adams set new career highs with 12 points and nine rebounds against the Spartans, narrowly missing her first career double-double and notching only the second double-digit scoring performance of her career.
Thomas added to her steller opening night performance against San Jose State by blocking three shots on the night, just one season removed from blocking three shots in all of the 2005-06 season. She became the first Titan to tally three blocks in a game since Amber Pruitt had three swats against Long Beach State on Feb. 12, 2005.
NEWCOMERS MAKE DEBUTS
Freshmen Anna Magganas and Jasmine Scott made tallied in the scoring column in their first career game on Saturday at San Jose State. Magganas, who also made her first career start, scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in her debut, while Scott came off the bench to score three points, grab three rebounds, and a notch a steal in the win over the Spartans.
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES
Wednesday's contest against Iowa State in Ames will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools - a theme that will play out for the Titans throughout the season. Cal State Fullerton could have as many as two more first-time games against North Dakota State (Nov. 25) or Texas-Arlington depending on the outcomes at the Montana State Wingate Inn Thanksgiving Classic and a first-ever meeting with Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 20 at Titan Gym.
PLENTY OF FIREPOWER BACK
The Titans return nine letterwinners, four starters and five of the top six scorers from last season's squad that finished 11-17 overall and 7-7 in the Big West Conference (tied for third). Those five scorers accounted for almost two-thirds of the team's points and over half of the rebounds in 2005-06.
UNDERWOOD CLOSING IN ON 1,000
Senior Charlee Underwood needs just 74 more points to reach 1,000 for her career and become the 16th player in school history to reach that milestone. Should she accomplish that feat, Underwood would also be the third player in the last four years to reach 1,000 points, joining Tamara Quinn (2004) and Amber Pruitt (2006).
COACHES & MEDIA PICK TITANS SIXTH
Cal State Fullerton was picked to finish sixth in the Big West Conference this season in a poll of media members and league coaches conducted at the conference's annual media day event at the Irvine Hilton Hotel on Oct. 25. UC Riverside was the slight favorite by a single point over UC Santa Barbara according to the coaches with the Gauchos and Highlanders flip-flopping spots in the media poll. Both groups had Long Beach State third, Cal State Northridge fourth, Cal State Fullerton sixth and Pacific eighth. Cal Poly and UC Irvine were interchanged at fifth and seventh with the coaches favoring UCI and the media leaning toward the Mustangs.
PAIR OF WALK-ON'S ADDED
The Titans added a pair of walk-on players to the 2006-07 roster in 5-8 shooting guard Jasmine Scott and 5-7 guard Tiffany Casanova. Scott, who was born in Portugal, prepped at Valley HS in Sacramento where she averaged betted than 19 points her junior and senior seasons. She was a three-time All-Delta League honoree and a McDonald's All-American nominee as a senior after averaging 20.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Casanova prepped at Los Angeles Southwest Middle College High School, averaging better than 15 points throughout her four-year career, and attended Cal State Fullerton last year, but did not play basketball. A three-time All-Freeway Magnet League honoree, Casanova averaged 24 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists as a junior.
Fullerton is the only team in the Big West Conference with a roster comprised entirely of Californians. Taking this theme one step further, the Big West Conference is the only conference in the nation, at any level, with its membership completely contained in a single state.
DIFFICULT SLATE FOR TITANS
The Titans' 2006-07 non-conference schedule will be one of the most difficult in recent memory. Two of the opponents are already receiving preseason accolades as UCLA (Nov. 30) is ranked No. 23 and Drake (Nov. 19) is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason top 25. In addition, three of Fullerton's first six games (with the possibility of a fourth) will be against schools that finished among the top 120 of last year's RPI standings: Iowa State (70), Nebraska (73), Drake (104), and Texas-Arlington (119). The home schedule then kicks off against a pair of postseason squads as Fresno State (final RPI of 80) visits on Nov. 28 after making the second round of the WNIT and the Bruins (final RPI of 21) come calling after a second-round NCAA appearance.
NEW FACES ON THE BENCH
Fullerton's bench will be sporting some news faces in 2006-07 as former Titan letterwinner Allyson Alhadeff and Sara Perry enter their first seasons as assistant coaches. Alhadeff spent the last three seasons as an administrative assistant with the Fullerton men's basketball team while earning her master's degree in kinesiology. She played four seasons for the Titans from 2000-03, including serving as team captain for three years. Perry was an administrative assistant for the women's basketball program last season and was a four-year basketball letterwinner for Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, Calif., graduating in 2003.